Electronics for Mechanical Engineers

Mississauga, Ontario /
Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2019 /
Course Code: 09-0201-2361

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After Participating in The Course, You Will Be Able To:

  • Understand and recognize analogue and digital circuits
  • Understand the functioning and application of diodes and transistors in electronics circuits
  • Realize the performance and be able to design/build/repair rectifiers and power supplies
  • Gain knowledge about inverters and power converters
  • Learn how a transistor can be used for switching or for amplification
  • Realize the performance and classification of amplifiers for signal amplification in different applications

Nowadays there are lots of electromechanical systems with embedded electronics for their control. A knowledge of the fundamentals of electronics and major functioning of electronic devices can assist a mechanical engineer to better communicate with electrical and electronics engineers collaborating for the design/manufacturing of these systems.

This course is aimed for mechanical engineers working in areas overlapping with electrical engineers or working on interdisciplinary projects. It offers all the theoretical knowledge that a mechanical engineer lacks in fundamentals of electronics.

The course is conducted by a mechanical engineer knowledgeable of the material and based on a book describing the vital knowledge of electronics for non-electrical engineers. The course covers the basics and practical applications of diodes, regulator diodes, power supplies, amplifiers and the distinction between analog and digital circuits.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to analog and digital electronics
  • Semiconductors and PN junction
  • Diode (Types, properties, characteristics and applications)
  • Diode circuits and applications
  • Transistor (Bipolar Junction Transistor, BJT and Field Effect Transistor, FET)
  • Transistor circuits (switching circuits and amplifiers)
  • Amplifier types and classes
  • Switchable diodes and gated transistor
  • Electrical coupling and impedance matching
  • Power converters (Single-phase and 3-phase rectifiers and inverters)

Who Should Attend:
Mechanical engineers working on interdisciplinary projects • Collaborating engineers working on products that involve both mechanical engineers and electrical/electronic engineers
• Engineers and graduates who need to pass board exams for membership of professional engineering associations, and enthusiasts in home electronics and entertainment • Other professionals with personal or work- related interest in basic electronics can benefit from this course.

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Daily Schedule
8:00   Registration and coffee (Day I only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch (Provided)
4:30   Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break at noon on Day I and Day II as well as a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

Why electronics for mechanical engineers

Analog Versus Digital Electronics

  • Analog signals, digital signals, generating digital signals from analog, electronic storage of information

Semiconductor Material and PN Junction

  • Categorization of elements, metals, insulators and semiconductors 
  • P-type and N-type materials
  • PN-junction
  • Properties of PN junction


  • Structure and functional properties
  • Forward/Reverse bias
  • Voltage Current Characteristics
  • Special diodes
  • Applications
  • Zener diode and its application
  • Voltage regulation

Diode-Based Rectifier and DC Power Supply Structure

  • Half-wave rectifier, full-wave rectifier, bridge rectifier
  • Single-phase power supply
  • Ripples in rectifiers and ripple filtering

Bipolar Junction Transistor

  • Structure and physical size
  • BJT types
  • Electrical properties and biasing 
  • Transistor functions: Switching and Amplification
  • Transistor as a switch, examples
  • Transistor as an amplifier, example

Field Effect Transistor (FET)

  • Structure, types and applications

Day II

Transistor Circuits and Amplifiers

  • Basic transistor calculations
  • Transistor characteristic curves
  • Common base, common emitter and common collector amplifiers
  • Relationships and differences

Amplifier Categories and Classes

  • Load line in an amplifier
  • Voltage gain, current gain and power gain
  • Transistor classes
  • Testing a transistor

Coupling Between Electronic Circuits

  • Electrical coupling methods
  • Impedance matching
  • Multi-stage amplifier, examples

Switchable Diodes and Gated Transistors

  • Thyristor: Switchable diode, categories and advantages
  • Application
  • Gated transistor
  • Isolated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT)

Inverters and Power Converters

  • Inverter: DC to AC converter
  • Voltage control in rectifiers
  • Rectifiers based on switchable diodes or gated transistors
  • Industrial power converters and applications

Experience Exchange
The instructor will lead a discussion on a relevant subject. All participants will share their experience of applications at work or home. Participants may also introduce problems for which they are looking for solutions.

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Ahmad Hemami, Ph.D.

Ahmad Hemami., Ph.D.

Ahmad has conducted this seminar for a number of years. He is also teaching credit courses on wind turbine engineering in two Canadian universities. Ahmad received his BS degree in mechanical engineering and PhD in system dynamics & control. He has several years of industrial, academic & research experience. His expertise is mainly in dynamic systems, robotics & automation, and wind energy. He has supervised several MS & PhD students. The results of his analytic & experimental research work on various subjects have been presented in more than 100 journal & conference publications. His endeavor is educating for concern about problems related to energy & environment. He is the author of “Wind Turbine Technology” (2012) and “Electricity and Electronics for Renewable Energy Technology” (2015). Dr. Hemami is an adjunct professor at McGill University, Montreal.


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Fee & Credits
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

$1595 + taxes


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